Oldies Show Coming To NYCB
“Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Draggin’ The Line”... The music of Tommy James is heard continuously, everyday, in every country in the world: on the radio, television or a film soundtrack. To date, he’s sold over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles plus nine gold and platinum albums. In 1959, Tommy James started his first band, The Tornadoes and changing their name to the Shondells in 1964, they released their first single “Hanky Panky,” which became a local hit. Two years later a Pittsburgh DJ started playing the record at a nightclub and the response was so overwhelming that they were signed to Roulette Records and it became the biggest hit of the summer of 1966. Tommy’s songs have become pop culture classics and were covered by everyone from punk rockers (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) to country icons (Dolly Parton). In 1987, Tiffany and Billy Idol’s versions of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony Mony” respectively battled for the top spot on the pop chart for a solid month, each eventually going number one. It was the first time in music history that two cover versions of songs by the same artist went number one back-to-back. Today, Tommy James continues to tour, and is working on a Broadway show about his life.
Mark Farner is best known as the lead singer, lead guitarist and primary songwriter for Grand Funk Railroad. His best known composition is the 1970 epic, “I’m Your Captain.” Grand Funk’s “We’re An American Band” reached number one in 1973 and “The Loco-motion” was their second chart topping single in 1974. Grand Funk disbanded in 1976 and Farner embarked on a solo career with the release of a couple of solo albums in the late seventies. While participating in a couple of Grand Funk reunion’s, he has concentrated on his solo career, including a tour with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band.
Felix Cavaliere was originally a member of Joey Dee & The Starlighters but is best known for his work with The Young Rascals in the sixties. He sang lead vocals on the band’s biggest hits, “Good Lovin’,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got To Be Free.” In 2006 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. He continues to tour as Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.